New Campus Access Procedure

We hope this letter finds you safe and well. These are difficult times for all of us.

As we approach the start of the Fall 2020 semester, we are implementing a new procedure for getting approval to come to campus. For the time being, we expect the campus population to be only about 25% or less of the full population, but we know that a small number of classes will require an in-person presence and there are other occasional needs for faculty, staff and students to come to campus.

Beginning Monday, a request for access to campus will be made online. Instructions for making the request can be found here: The request will be routed to your supervisor, or your professor if you are a student, and then to the Provost for approval, at which point you will receive an e-mail telling you if your request has been approved or rejected.

Before being granted access to campus, you must complete the COVID-19 Response: Return-to-Work Training. To access the training, log in to BlackBoard ( and find the training module under "My Organizations."

Finally, you will soon be receiving information about a health screening app, which is the final piece of the coming-to-campus puzzle. You will be required to fill out the health screen every day before coming to campus. As soon as we receive details from CUNY about accessing the app, we will pass them on to you.

In summary, if you need to come to campus you must

  1. Take the COVID-19 Response: Return-to-Work Training on BlackBoard
  2. Follow the instructions above to make a request for campus access
  3. Fill out the health screen questionnaire each day you plan to visit (details to come)

Researchers who are already on the campus access list for research may skip step 2) above, but you are required to do steps 1) and 3) (yes, even though you already did the CITI training). The new CUNY app will replace the health screening app you have been using to date.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we introduce new procedures to which all of us will need to adjust. Expect some hiccups. If you are an instructor teaching a hybrid or in-person class, please expect some delays on the first day your class meets on campus.

Tony Liss
Provost & Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Ken Ihrer
VP of Operations and CIO

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